Position: Heads Google's research for emerging markets, which includes India
Lalitesh Katragadda is the man behind Google Map Maker and Google Transliteration. He builds tools that help groups of people compile information to build something greater than the sum of its parts and Google Maps is the best example for it. He says that he ensures barriers such as language do not prevent the millions of new users from getting online and making the most of what companies like Google have to offer, and Google Transliteration fit the bill perfectly.
Katragadda said that the challenge before Google is to make the next 3 billion people go online in the next decade. "In India, we have a target of getting the next 200 million users go online from the current 100-120 million. India will be able to easily achieve 150 million users but to reach about 300-500 million users is a big task," he said.
He has BTech Aero, from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay; MS, Aerospace from Lowa State University, U.S.; MS, Design Division from Stanford University, U.S.; and MS, PhD, SCS, Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University.